Heaven Scent Sales

The Philips September auctions proved to be real winners with 187 bidders for the Decorative Arts auction, and 116 bidders at the Modern and Antique Jewellery auction held the following night. Both auctions enjoyed packed rooms, with buyers moving in and out to suit their particular interests as the sales progressed. Great results were seen in the areas of English porcelain, carriage clocks, furniture and copper ware, including notable interest in copper saucepans.

Highlighting the success of the Decorative Arts auction was the fantastic result achieved for a premium collection of perfume bottles. Showcasing a wide and fascinating range of this great decorative arts category, the Baker-Finch & Grech Collection was a major success with only three items remaining from the entire offering of over 40 lots. Outstanding prices were achieved well above estimate, with a rare Chelsea Porcelain 'toy' perfume bottle, 'Cupid On The Donkey' topping the range at $2,928, an inlaid enamel sterling silver perfume bottle reaching a rewarding $890, and a remarkable result for a group of six porcelain bottles selling for 6 times greater than high estimate.

porcelain bottles

Silverware was in great demand with all categories selling extremely well from a desirable suite of nearly 70 lots. Strong buyer interest was shown in coffee and tea services, silver tankards, and a beautiful and practical six piece set of Thai sterling silver cutlery.


Glassware and porcelain sold strongly as usual with particular interest shown in a Lalique 'Coquilles' platter and six side plates which sold at $1,950 and a soft paste figural candlestick attributed to Longton Hall which achieved a pleasing $1,460.

With a large range of furniture on offer robust sales were generated achieving a great clearance rate at rewarding prices. Sought after items included a transitional style walnut provincial commode, a magnificent Victorian mahogany six leaf extension table with twelve chairs, plus a charming art deco sideboard in mahogany and burr timbers.

wooden furniture

Monday night’s jewellery auction performed very well with great attendance and a 70% clearance rate. Strong sales were seen for bracelets, with a ruby and diamond set line bracelet reaching $3,290 and a sapphire and diamond set panel bracelet comfortably within the high end of estimate for $9,500. Rings, brooches and earrings were also very able performers, with examples changing hands for $6,100, $6,340, and $3,660 respectively.

antique jewellery pieces

The forthcoming October Philips auction is now being prepared with entries closing on the 5th of the month. Presenting a fabulous range of silver from two estates to be sold without reserve, it promises to be an exciting event not to be missed.

Forthcoming Auctions
Fine and Decorative Arts - Sunday 28th October 2018
Modern and Antique Jewellery - Monday 29th October 2018
Viewing Times

Wednesday 24th October 9 am - 7 pm
Thursday 25th October 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 26th October 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 27th October 12 noon - 5 pm
Jewellery - Monday 29th October 3 pm - 5.30 pm

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